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Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Scenic Float plane views of BC’s South Coast

We boarded the small float plane in British Columbia and flew from downtown Vancouver to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. This was the first time our boys experienced taking off and landing on water, so this float plane experience was a memorable one for them.

While on the sea plane, we were treated to spectacular views of British Columbia’s beautiful South Coast. The flight felt more like a scenic tour than a means of transportation.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions during our flights, as you can see in this collection of photos. I think we must have taken over a hundred photos on that short 45 minute flight. 

We sometimes forget how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful part of the world. This flight was a timely reminder of how much there is to see and do in our big, beautiful backyard.

If you have not yet visited British Columbia, these photos and video will take you on a virtual trip to its stunning South Coast region. During the flight we passed over Vancouver’s North Shore, Howe Sound, Bowen Island, The Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and the eastern coast of Vancouver Island.

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Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver Harbour

Vancouver Harbour. Stanley Park and Cypress Mountain in the backdrop.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver Harbour

Departing Vancouver Harbour in the Burrard Inlet.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, West Vancouver

Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.

West Vancouver seawall.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Howe Sound and the Sea to Sky Highway.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Coastal Mountains rolling into Howe Sound.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Simply spectacular! Howe Sound and the Coastal Mountains.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Keats Island in Howe Sound.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Howe Sound

Views of Bowen Island and Howe Sound.

The seaside town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Sunshine Coast

Simson Provincial Park on Thormanby Island.

Related: 25 Awesome Day Trips from Vancouver

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Landing on the water in the Comox Harbour.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Comox Harbour in the town of Comox (Central Vancouver Island).

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Comox Harbour

Enjoying the float plane views of the South Coast.

Inside Seaplane in British Columbia

Inside the small float plane. No bathrooms or service, so plan accordingly!

Flying over Denman Island, located south of Comox.

ships in English Bay Vancouver British Columbia

Large container ships anchored in English Bay.

Seaplane flight in British Columbia, Vancouver, Stanley Park

Approaching the skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver.

Aerial views of Stanley Park in Vancouver British Columbia

Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park and Vancouver’s popular West End neighbourhood.

Approaching the marinas at Coal Harbour and Stanley Park.

Things to know before you go:

  • We flew from Vancouver to Comox on Harbour Air Seaplanes.
  • We departed from Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre, which is located at Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, and arrived in Comox Harbour in the town of Comox. The flight time was about 45 minutes.
  • Harbour Air has direct flights to most destinations on British Columbia’s South Coast, including Nanaimo, Victoria, Sechelt, Comox, Whistler and the Southern Gulf Islands.
  • Some destinations, like Whistler, are only available in the summer months.
  • You can also book scenic tours that return to your point of departure. This is an ideal option for visitors who don’t have a lot of time to explore the region but want to get a bird’s eye view of British Columbia’s natural beauty.

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